Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Flushing Frivolity – Pedro’s Climb Up The Leaderboard

Posted by JD on January 20, 2010

Yesterday, Pedro Feliciano agreed to a one year, $2.9 million deal with the Mets. Since returning to the Mets from Japan in 2006, Feliciano has averaged 79 appearances each year. Should he match that average again this season, Pedro will finish 2010 with 446 appearances for the Mets (all in relief), passing Jesse Orosco (372), Jerry Koosman (376), and Tom Seaver (401) on his way to second all time. At the end of year, he would trail only John Franco (695) on the franchise leaderboard.

Allow me to clarify, just in case you think I’m giving Feliciano too much credit. I realize that appearances in and of themselves mean little. But for the record, Feliciano has averaged a 147 ERA+ during the last four years, meaning that he’s been 47% better than the average pitcher during that time. If he throws up another season like that in 2010 (say 81 appearances, 135 ERA+), you would have to consider him for the title of “Best Non-Starting, Non-Closing Pitcher” in Mets history. FWIW.

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